Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

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Charles Finch Barber

February 26, 1917September 30, 2012

Charles Finch Barber, former chairman of ASARCO, Rhodes Scholar, and past director of the New York Stock Exchange, died peacefully at home in Greenwich, CT on September 30, 2012 at the age of 95. He was born February 26, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy for five years. He served as Navy Secretary to the Joint War Plans Committee in Washington DC. Later, he was Aide and Flag Secretary to Admiral R. A. Spruance, Commander of the Fifth Fleet in the Pacific.

After the war, as a lawyer with Covington and Burling, he helped represent Pakistan for the 1960 Indus Treaty with India. Then, he joined the staff of the Justice Department as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States and argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

His principal business career was in the mining and metals industry. As chairman of ASARCO, Inc., he expanded copper production and helped finance the Cuajone copper mine in Peru. He received the Copper Man of the Year Award and served as chairman of the American Mining Congress. He was a member of the Americas Society and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Most recently, he was public director for the New York Stock Exchange and chaired its Regulatory Advisory Committee. He was also director for several companies and mutual funds. For 2000, he was named Fund Trustee of the Year by Institutional Investor.

In 1947, while a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England, he married Lois Helen LaCroix. They enjoyed hiking and sailing together. She passed away three years ago after 62 years of marriage. They are survived by their four children, Brad Barber, Ann Barber, Robin Barber, and Elizabeth Siegler.

Services will be held on Friday, October 12th at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, CT. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council, 1218 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-421-8800.


Charles Finch Barber

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November 26, 2012

Dear Betsy,
I feel honored to have known your father during my teaching years at Hartwick. Your parents very graciously received me at their home. My mother was also born in 1917. They both had long, productive lives that blessed many people. May God continue to comfort your family.
Judy Palagallo Price

October 10, 2012

To the famiy of Mr. Charles Barbers extending my sympathy.May He Rest In Peace. Tess Derman

M. Joseph

October 9, 2012

My condolences to the family as you mourn your loss. At times like these words can't begin to express all that you are going through. Know that our great God can be a refuge as you deal with this most difficult time.

Alan Mandel

October 9, 2012

I met Mr. Barber while serving as an officer of the Salomon Brothers Mutual Funds. With his great expertise in legal and business matters, Mr. Barber was a role model as a director, helping us to achieve the highest professional standards. He was a gentleman always kind with his thoughts and time and a mentor to me. It was a privilege to have known and worked with Charles Barber.

Ann Barber

October 9, 2012

We miss him very much.

Ann Barber

October 9, 2012

Thank you. Memorial Service on Friday, October 12, 11am at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, CT.

October 8, 2012

Dear Brad, Ann, Robin and Betsy,
Chuck was a fine man, whom I enjoyed knowing for almost 50 years through First Presbyterian and though our children. He and Lois were truly some of the nicest, most generous people I've ever known, gracious, smart and caring. Chuck was so wonderful as he cared for Lois during her declining years -- as you have been to your dad. Role models all.

Sondra Rudy

Tom Schlafly

October 8, 2012

I met Chuck in 1983 when I began serving with him on the board of One William Street Fund. I was 34 and he was 65. He was one of the best mentors I ever had. He was extraordinarily accomplished and patient and taught me by example. Coincidentally, he died on the exact same day as my 97-year-old mother, who also served on the board. Like my mother, he was a great role model. I was tremendously fond of him and will miss him like missing a member of my own family.

loralee allen

October 8, 2012

With deepest sympathy to Brad Ann Robin and Betsy your dad was the best. enjoyed taking care of him